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Old 02-12-2013, 08:39 AM
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Thumbs up For a snow blow truck which is better v10 6.8 or v8 5.4

I'm looking to buy a 1999 a up F250 or F350 gas Superduty for a snow plow truck and I was wondering which gas engine v10 6.8 or v8 5.4 holds up better and is easier to maintain? I know everyone one is going to tell me to buy diesel but I already have a diesel and want something different. I also was wondering what year,drivetrain combo,gear ratio and transmission is the best power for snowplowing and light towing? And of course I'm gonna do the 2012-13 nose conversion to it like my 1999 diesel f250.

Thank you guys for any info or opinions..

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I would go with the v10! I had a 5.4 it was a turd doing work.
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i 2nd the V10, ive got 2, one in my 2000 excursion 4x4 with 187k miles and the other in a 2003 f350 ccsb 4x4 with 151k. Bought the excursion new, other than the occasional coil pack replacement have yet to have one problem with the engine and drivetrain ive put around 50k on the 03 F350 and its been a great truck. As far as gearing goes, the excursion is geared 3:73 and the F350 is geared 4:30. trust me go with the 4:30s if your looking for a V10, these engines do better with them. it helps keep them more in the power band. there isnt but maybe 1 mpg difference between the 3:73s and 4:30s. but who really buys a V10 worrying about fuel mileage, as long as it gets the job done
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Another vote for the v10. I've driven several 5.4 f250 and 350s and they were dogs. The 5.4 is overworked in the heavier 3/4 and up trucks. The 6.8 is going to get around the same, if not better, mileage than the 5.4 because its not straining so hard.
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My dads F350 crew cab/long box has a 5.4 in it, and it is so slow it's scary.
It does get reasonable mpg though.
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Nothing new with my post compared to others. Test drove a 5.4 250 a couple years ago for the heck of it... All I had to do was drive it for 10 seconds before I realized it was too much truck for that little engine. It was a real SLUG!

The 6.8 shouldn't be any more "problematic" than the 5.4 since it's the same exact engine with 2 more cylinders in-line.

+1 for the V10
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thanks guys
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